Ethical Bride Guide: How to Choose an Engagement Ring
When it comes to weddings, there is so much - too much - to think about. It can be overwhelming. And since JUGS co-author, Cameron, recently got engaged, we've decided to launch a new series, Ethical Bride Guide, to (hopefully) demystify the process of planning a wedding while also supporting local galbosses, artists, and small businesses. We hope you enjoy our first installment of the series: How to Choose an Engagement Ring.
One of our favorite jewelers in town is Ladies Lounge alumna, Sophie Hughes. She uses exclusively recycled and sustainably procured materials in her work and she makes the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind engagement rings, like the 14K Recycled Rose Gold Bezel Tapered Band Solitaire above. Sophie also provides truly custom experiences by working with couples to design something especially for them in her South End studio.
E. Scott Originals
Another local galboss that specializes in engagement rings is Emily Scott Surette. Scott is a jeweler based in Somerville that uses ethically sourced or antique stones as well as recycled metal in her work. She works in golds, palladium and platinum and can add in diamonds or gemstones. Women's rings start at $500 and Men's at $800 and go up in price depending on the design and metal choice.
Like the local artisans listed above, Brilliant Earth only uses ethical, sustainable materials. We especially love their collection of antique rings. There is something for every taste and every budget, making it easy to find something truly special. Brilliant Earth, which is committed to changing the jewelry industry for the better, has a show room at 38 Newbury St., Suite 603.
It's also worth talking to both families before purchasing a new ring. You never know, perhaps your grandmother would be thrilled to offer you something of hers, or maybe there is something untraditional - say an opal or sapphire - that your family wouldn't have typically considered an engagement piece, but that may actually work out perfectly. Heirloom pieces are both meaningful and sustainable since no new resources are needed to create it.
There are hundreds of Etsy artists working on beautiful, ethical pieces. We love Etsy because they are a B.Corp and because they make it easy to find rings with funky gemstones. We love the raw emerald and diamonds in the ring above. Etsy is also another great place to look for vintage jewelry (see the GORGEOUS opal ring below), so definitely don't forget to look here on your search for the perfect ring.